Business Transformation Consulting: Setting Yourself Up For Success Before Commencing an ERP Implementation
An ERP implementation can be a daunting task for any business. Not only is it a considerable investment, but it also requires a lot of change within the company – both in terms of processes and people. This is where business transformation consulting comes in.
A good business transformation consultant will work with you to understand your current business landscape, your goals and objectives and what you want to achieve with your ERP implementation. They will then help you create a roadmap for success, detailing the steps you need to take pre-implementation to ensure your project runs smoothly.
What are the Benefits of Working with a Business Transformation Consulting Partner Pre-Implementation
There are many benefits to working with a business transformation consultant before starting an ERP implementation. Firstly, we can help you avoid common pitfalls and mistakes that can often occur during an ERP project. Implementing ERP is a process that can drain considerable resources from the day-to-day management of your business, so it is important that before starting, you get your business processes mapped and a clear plan of action over what changes are needed to occur. Whilst a new system may help facilitate these changes, where legacy systems may have stood in the way, it is still vital to prepare for the changes well ahead of your planned go-live date.
Secondly, we can help you optimize your existing non-system dependent processes to gain back time, and efficiency whilst your ERP implementation is taking place. The time that your team saves can be invested into your ERP implementation, meaning that your resources won’t be stretched as thin as they would have had you attempted to take on the extra workload whilst maintaining inefficient processes.
And finally, undertaking a Business Transformation project pre-implementation is a great opportunity for all stakeholders to take pause and understand the goals of the business in general, rather than only having a view of the impacts on their own team and departments. This can help build consensus within your organization by aligning all stakeholders with the goals and objectives of the implementation and help them to understand the impacts that the project will have on the wider team.
The Importance of Understanding Your Current Landscape
By taking the time to understand your current landscape and what you want to achieve, we can create a roadmap for success that will minimize disruptions and maximize efficiency gains. Most businesses operate a number of different departments, each of which probably doesn’t understand the intricacies, challenges, and nuances of different departments. By committing to a Business Transformation project, your company can avoid the finger-pointing and confusion that often plagues ERP implementations, causing friction and risking go-live success.
Documenting Your Business Processes
Lack of clarity is one of the biggest risks when it comes to managing people, projects and processes. BPDs or SOPs as they are sometimes called, clearly outline the approved methods of completing tasks and processes to ensure that your entire team is following your business’s chosen best practices. However, creating documentation is no easy feat. A Business Transformation partner, like Zanovoy, can help you plan, create and distribute Business Process Documentation in a way that supports your team members, and provides a valuable library of resources.
Change Management Starts with Leaders
Any business transformation project will be accompanied by some level of change. And depending on the size and scope of your project, that change might be significant. Change can be difficult for people to adapt to, even when it is positive. So, it’s important to have a solid plan to manage any changes the team will need to make, as well as any negative response to planned changes.
Our business transformation consultants will work with you to understand your team’s openness to change and help you to manage the process in a way that will minimize resistance and maximize adoption. We can also help you to develop the necessary communication plans and training programs to ensure that everyone is on board and knows what they need to do to support the project.
One of the most beneficial things a company can do before an ERP implementation commences is engaging with senior leadership to help them become positive change agents during the planning, implementation, and post-go-live phases. Having leaders who are pragmatic about the impacts of change and show a genuine interest in helping individuals manage change as well as possible is critical for a successful business transformation.
Does Business Transformation Ever Truly End?
In our opinion, no, or at least it shouldn’t. A business that isn’t constantly evolving is at risk of being left behind by the competition. The good news is that once you’ve been through a Business Transformation project, you will have put in place the processes and systems needed to make future change easier to manage.
You will also have developed a team of change-savvy individuals who are better equipped to deal with the challenges that come with growth and change. So, although Business Transformation might seem like a daunting task, it’s an immensely rewarding process that will set your business up for success both now and in the future.
Zanovoy: Your Business Transformation Consultanting Experts
If you’re looking for a business transformation consultant to help you plan and prepare for your ERP implementation, look no further than Zanovoy. We have a wealth of experience in working with businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries and can help you set your business up for success.
Zanovoy is a leading New York-based technology firm that focuses on helping businesses in a wide range of industries to implement best-of-breed software solutions and business management platforms.
Our services include business transformation consulting, data transformation, and migration planning as well as software selection, implementation, support, and managed services. We specialize in a range of software solutions including NetSuite, Coupa Spend Management, Adaptive Insights, Avalara, Celigo, Gainsight, and Salesforce. We have helped hundreds of businesses transform with innovative software solutions and business transformation projects. Contact us today to find out more.